TERRACE PARK, Ohio - Family and friends of a Terrace Park teen hit and killed by a driver on Wooster Pike came together Saturday to remember the good times they had with 16-year-old Collin Barton.
Barton was walking home along Wooster Pike in Columbia Township in the early morning hours of March 18 when he was struck by a 2002 Honda Civic driven by a 23-year-old Milford man.
The Milford man who struck Barton went to police to report that he thought he hit a deer on his way home from work hours earlier. Officers responded to the scene but were unable to locate anything.
Two days later, the driver went back to police again asking officers to search the area. The Terrace Park life squad was then dispatched to the scene. Life squad members later located the body of Barton.
Saturday dozens of people gathered in Terrace Park's village green to share stories about their memories with Barton.
"A unique young man who loved the outdoors, who loved life, who loved to explore, really creative, really funny," said family friend Bren Fries.
The Terrace Park community is hoping to raise money for the construction of a shelter at Drackett Field in Barton's honor.
Organizers of the effort hope to raise $25,000 to build the shelter.
If you would like to donate you can make checks payable to:
Jean-Marie Nelson, Treasurer
607 Home Street
Terrace Park, OH 45174